Brentford v Preston preview

Ipswich are without Frank Nouble but welcome back Richard

Stearman for Saturday’s Championship clash with Bolton at Portman


Nouble made his first start for Town in last weekend’s goalless

draw at Peterborough but has sustained a slight hamstring injury in

training this week and will not be involved against Wanderers.

Nouble came in at London Road for Michael Chopra, who will hope

to have recovered from a dead leg to play.

Defender Stearman is back having completed his one-match ban

against Posh but winger Lee Martin serves the second game of his

three-match suspension and continues to miss out.

Skipper Carlos Edwards was deemed fit enough for a place on the

bench against Peterborough following a groin injury and he will

also be hoping for a starting berth.

Bolton could welcome back Adam Bogdan.

The goalkeeper has missed Wanderers’ last two matches with a

groin injury but boss Dougie Freedman has revealed the Hungary

international is back in training.

A place on the bench may have to suffice, as former Preston and

Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan has impressed with back-to-back clean

sheets in the 1-0 home victories over Blackburn and Brighton.

Keith Andrews (Achilles) and Tyrone Mears (blood infection)

remain on the sidelines, while Mark Davies (knee) is a long-term


Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sam Saunders could return to the

starting line-up for the Bees.

Striker Wright-Phillips and winger Saunders climbed off the

bench Brentford trailing to Swindon on Tuesday night, and their

introduction helped Uwe Rosler’s side fight back to win 2-1.

The Bees have no new injury worries following their midweek

victory and have club captain Kevin O’Connor and striker Farid El

Alagui edging closer to fitness after lengthy spells out.

Long-serving midfielder O’Connor has been out for four months

with an ankle problem while El Alagui suffered a knee injury in


The duo will not feature on Saturday but have been pencilled in

for a reserve game against Charlton early next week.

North End hope to have Jack King back in contention for the


The versatile midfielder missed Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at Notts

County due to a hip problem picked up during last weekend’s

Deepdale triumph over Stevenage.

Defender Bailey Wright came off at half-time at Meadow Lane and

faces a late fitness test after aggravating the ankle injury he

first sustained against MK Dons a fortnight ago.

Midfielder Joel Byrom is closing in on a return following hernia

surgery but remains around a week away from action.

Long-term injury victim Scott Laird (broken leg) is set to

resume non-contact training in the near future.

North End are unbeaten in their last five league matches,

claiming three wins and two draws.